Archive for Do You Need to Go Shopping?

Great Gear for a Rainy Ride: The Wander Wrap

I was still living in Spokane when I crossed the tipping point between fair-weather rider and all-season rider. This meant building my collection of gear to make it a little more comfortable to ride on cold, wet, or snowy days. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear, right? Boots with wool socks […]

Shop til You Drop at the Swap! April 13-14, Spokane Bike Swap

It’s been fun but it’s time to wrap it up–the Bike Style Spokane shopping events, that is. At least for now, having my dream job running a bike advocacy organization makes it fairly impossible to run a little side retail business. Here’s your chance, Spokanites! Head to the Spokane Bike Swap this weekend, April 13-14, […]

Not Even Fully Loaded: Another Grocery Run

Just how much can you haul on a bike ride to the grocery store? Depends on how many bags you have! When we lived in Spokane the grocery store nearest our house was just over 1.5 miles away uphill, which meant I got to race downhill fully loaded when I made a grocery run via […]

Errandonnee with a Twist: Biking & Walking Got It Done

I took a shot at the February biking challenge posed by @gypsybug on Chasing Mailboxes: the Errandonnee. Complete at least 7 different types of errand by bike and at least 30 miles and you’ve succeeded! In addition to living a pretty low-mileage life right now, another catch I faced was a travel schedule that took me […]

Bikes Are Being USED, I Tell You. Keep Up the Good Work.

Have you been bikewashed, and did it feel good? More to the point, does it do some good? I’ve been contemplating the bikewashing concept ever since Elly Blue highlighted it in a post last summer. She defined bikewashing as “the two-wheeled equivalent of greenwashing — the practice of marketing some product or company by using environmentally friendly […]

Back Some New Bike Fashions from Iva Jean

It’s time to highlight some new items in development at Iva Jean, the Seattle-based bike fashion designer. I’ve been eyeballing their rain cape for some time now–and have a lot more reason to get one now that I’m living in Seattle with its lovely moist winter. I’m excited to see the new Reveal Skirt, Two-Way […]

Hub and Bespoke: Worth a Bikespedition All Its Own

For someone dedicated to riding a bike and looking pretty much like every other busy, Outlook-calendar-flogged person hustling into a meeting—as opposed to standing out as the sweaty one in Spandex sausage casings—a trip to Hub and Bespoke in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is a trip to the source, the wellspring, the manna, the […]

The Trek FX Gets a Road Test, and I Get Confused

After seeing my informal impressions of Wilma’s Breezer Uptown Infinity, Betsy offered up her Trek FX for comparison. I rode it for my regular commute route three days while she was on a trip. My impressions were a bit colored by the fact that the preceding week I hadn’t ridden at all, busy as I […]

Bike Helmets: Pro-Cute, Anti-Ugly

The bike helmet debate seemingly engenders more pro/con comments in online postings than an increase in the debt ceiling, gun control, abortion, immigration, gay marriage, and the death penalty combined–and sometimes more vitriol, too. I’m not trying to go there, although I’ll admit to getting into a Twitter quasi-debate on this just the other day […]

Informal Impressions of the Breezer Uptown Infinity LS

Thanks to my friend Wilma Gyswyt Flanagan I got to test-pedal a Breezer Uptown Infinity LS for a few miles. These are my initial impressions and in no way constitute the kind of exhaustive review I would write if I put it through a lot more mileage. And then there’s the fact that I’m no […]

3 Reasons to Roll with Summer Parkways

In 2010 Summer Parkways joined Bloomsday, Hoopfest, and Spokefest as the latest and greatest addition to Spokane’s list of events in which we take over the streets for people-powered activity. Spokefest founder Bill Bender was the lead-out, inspiring us with the ciclovia of Bogotá, Colombia, and the growing list of similar activities around the United […]

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